The Chi: Season 2, Episode 7 “Blind Eye” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

A picture of a young Miss Ethel that Jada found.
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Alongside venturing into Detective Cruz’s past, part Detective Toussaint’s is revealed, and Jerrika makes a big move. As does Douda to make sure Brandon becomes a fat fish.


Network
Showtime
Director(s) Becca Rodriguez
Writer(s) Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks
Air Date 5/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Detective Moreno Elliot Villar

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The Truth Can Set You Free, If You Tell It: Detective Cruz, Detective Moreno, Emmett, Kevin, Ricky

We jump back to the past to learn Detective Cruz being a bit of a social pariah at work isn’t anything new. Back when he worked in Kansas City, in 2013, he almost stepped out on his partner, Detective Moreno, who fatally shot a Black civilian because he was reaching for something. We learn it was for his seatbelt, but when asked to toe the line, Cruz did so with reservations. Hence why, years later, he is trying to be hardline when it comes to the rules and justice. Even though his confession from Ronnie was tossed out, and he was put on desk duty.

Detective Moreno (Elliot Villar) defending himself.
Detective Moreno (Elliot Villar)

But, while we dig into Cruz’s past, Emmett is digging into Keisha’s present. For with her not hitting him back, he decides to talk to Kevin who lets it slip what kind of car Ricky drives. Leading to Emmett doing some investigating and learning Ricky is the track coach at the high school. Leaving us to wonder what he may do with that information.

A Little Sunshine After The Storm: Ronnie, Jada, Miss Ethel

With Jada talking about moving on again, this time just job wise, Ronnie decides he wants to take her out. However, instead, she offers him the opportunity to put a bookshelf together and have dinner at her place. Which ends up being a nice occasion with some talking about generational curses, Shanté’s baby and it leads to a kiss goodbye. One that makes you wonder if Ronnie is seeing Tracy anymore, or has he moved on?

Either way, the man is walking on sunshine for with him fixing that old car, and even getting Miss Ethel to dance a little bit, things are looking up for Ronnie. Here is hoping it lasts.

Planning The Next Move: Brandon, Otis, Jerrika, Greavy, Detective Cruz, Detective Toussaint

With Otis giving Brandon $50k, a truck worth $75k, and making it seem he is giving more than investing, red flags are popping up all over the place. Toussaint finds all this gang association a red flag, leading Cruz to want to talk to Brandon and see what is going on. Brandon, naturally, is uncomfortable with Otis’ investment which, as we know, is to make him someone to take down so Toussaint will mind her business. But it is Greavy who really paints the picture that Brandon is acting like a fool. At least with his explanation that Otis, even in grade school, was a cold mofo and Brandon probably doesn’t realize what he got himself into. Especially since he has already started spending some of the money.

Douda telling Brandon to raise his expectations.

Yet, one thing he is thinking of spending the money on you may support: A engagement ring for Jerrika. For with them dating quite a bit, living together, and marriage being a discussion in the past, it only seems right. Also, with her holding him down for so long, he not only wants to give her time to find her dream but also prove they are forever. Though we already know that isn’t the case.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. A realtor, perhaps the one which told Ronnie that Miss Ethel was evicted, was found dead this episode and there is a need to question what may come of that? Never mind who killed them?

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • While looking into why cops would be so paranoid about traffic stops, I found an article on CNN noting the 47 officers killed in 2018 and a handful were due to traffic stops. Many others from just showing up on a scene unwanted – one set of cops were shot at a drive through without rhyme or reason.
  • Detective Toussaint was suspended, without pay, for a month due to killing a gang leader who was apparently hurting her son. Someone currently in jail, seemingly for his association with said gang leader.

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

Don’t ever let another man dream bigger dreams for you than you’re dreaming for yourself.
— Douda (Otis Perry)

Highlights

The Older Generation Investing In The Young Generation With Either Time or Money

Setting aside the Otis bit, you have to appreciate how things are expanding community wise. On a regular basis now, Brandon is cutting Kevin’s hair and engaging in conversation. This episode about his feelings for Maisha and him not so sure how to handle them. Alongside that, there is Brandon and Greavy, for the first time, hanging outside the house and having real conversations. Making me wish the ladies of the show got the same but, with Jerrika iffy when it comes to her parents, Miss Ethel not being much for talking, and Maisha in every few episodes, I guess they’ll be playing catch up as usual.

Jerrika

I just love her growth this season. Particularly her now on the verge of searching for her own dream since it seems Jerrika has been on auto-pilot for a long time. Her parents wanted her to be a lawyer, so she went on that track until she got off to get into the family business. Now the family business is on the cusp of just being her, but with a conflict in how she would want to run things vs. her parents, it is clear that she needs her own vision for life.

Making me hope she may get into politics. I double we have seen Alderman Bonner for the last time, and while Jerrika’s connections are through her parents, I’m sure she made some of which she owns herself. Which could lead to quite a campaign.

Jerrika noting it is her turn to follow her dreams.

Miss Ethel & Ronnie Smiling

When it comes to Miss Ethel and Ronnie, it feels like we barely ever see either one, never mind both, smiling in the same episode. Ronnie has long been on some downward spiral and Miss Ethel, while you get she is more so particular than mean, usually is scowling. So seeing them step dance in the street, filled with joy, it warms your heart a little bit. But also leads you to wonder if it will last.

On The Fence

Cruz’s Backstory

Despite the step back Cruz has taken this season, I’m still very iffy about the character. I recognize on a show like this you have to have police presence, even addressed their role on making bad situations worse sometimes, yet there is this consistent feeling of wanting only just enough Cruz on the show. Only to represent the cops but not necessarily have a life outside of his duty.

Miscellaneous Commentary

Brandon Going Down

With actor Jason Mitchell fired from The Chi, it really makes you wonder how are they going to handle his removal? As noted in our article, he is an essential character and while we’re seeing Emmett speak to Kevin, and Jerrika have a life outside of him, does that mean they prepped to get rid of him? Also, I gotta admit, hearing the allegations taints what was once seen as a cute relationship between Jerrika and Brandon since now we know the actress was often made uncomfortable.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 7 “Blind Eye”Alongside venturing into Detective Cruz’s past, part Detective Toussaint’s is revealed, and Jerrika makes a big move. As does Douda to make sure Brandon becomes a fat fish.
Director(s) Becca Rodriguez
Writer(s) Cinque Henderson, J. David Shanks
Air Date 5/26/2019
Introduced This Episode
Detective Moreno Elliot Villar
  • The Truth Can Set You Free, If You Tell It: Detective Cruz, Detective Moreno, Emmett, Kevin, Ricky
  • A Little Sunshine After The Storm: Ronnie, Jada, Miss Ethel
  • Planning The Next Move: Brandon, Otis, Jerrika, Greavy, Detective Cruz, Detective Toussaint
Season 2, Episode 8 “Lean Into It”As we approach the season finale and know certain people are going to be written off, you’re left to question if others may join them?
Director(s) Salli Richardson-Whitfield
Writer(s) Terri Kopp
Air Date 6/2/2019
Introduced This Episode
Malcolm Cayen Martin
  • Education Doesn’t Change Everything: Malcolm, Kevin, Jake, Mr. Gasca
  • Off The Wagon: Ronnie, Jada, Emmett, Sonny, Shante, Detective Cruz
  • Know Who You Playing With: Jerrika, Brandon, Otis, Reg, Alderman Bonner, Detective Cruz
Season 2, Episode 9 “Guilt, Viral Videos, and Ass Whuppings”As the show preps for Brandon’s exit, it becomes clear there is more than enough going on that his time can be used well.
Director(s) Tanya Hamilton
Writer(s) J. David Shanks, Joe Wilson
Air Date 6/9/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lonnie Gaines AC Smith
  • Someone’s Watching You: Ronnie, Tracy, Detective Cruz
  • Kids Will Be Kids: Papa, Maisha, Nina, Kevin, Jake, Brandon
  • It Gets Real Sometimes: Detective Toussaint, Douda, Emmett, Tiff, Ricky, Keisha, Brandon, Detective Cruz, Lonnie Gaines, Reg
Season 2, Episode 10 “The Scorpion and The Frog” [Season Finale]While we already knew certain characters wouldn’t make it past this season, additional names get added, and it becomes clear there is a lot of change on the horizon.
Director(s) Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s) Ayanna Floyd Davis
Air Date 6/16/2019
Introduced This Episode
Mr. Bennett Richard Gant
  • Making Time To Heal: Ronnie, Brandon, Mr. Bennett, Tracy, Jada, Miss Ethel
  • Sometimes Apologies Work, Other Times They Don’t:Jada, Emmett, Darnell, Jerrika, Brandon, Maisha, Kevin, Papa, Tiffany
  • You Gotta Prep For What’s Coming: Detective Toussaint, Brandon, Douda, Reg, Jake, Jerrika
Season 2, Episode 6 "A Leg Up"The ladies of The Chi continue to get a voice as Keisha gets features and Emmet’s past partners. Alongside this, Brandon decides to get a leg up and Ronnie reveals a trigger to Jada.
Director(s) Cheryl Dunye
Writer(s) Justin Hillian, Dime Davis
Air Date 5/12/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ricky Levenix Riddle
Neva N.K. Gutierrez
Shay Danyelle Monson
  • Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman: Keisha, Ricky, Maisha, Kevin
  • The Past Haunts You: Ronnie, Jada, Jake, Kevin
  • Trying To Get A Leg Up: Jerrika, Ms. Brown, Alderman Boner, Brandon, Emmett, Neva, Shay, Dan, Tiff, Otis, Darnell, Greavy
Season 2, Episode 4 “Showdown”Jerrika and Brandon’s relationship gets tested as Ronnie learns he will be paying restitution for a long time.
Director(s) Carl Seaton
Writer(s) Casallina Kisakye
Air Date 4/28/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ms. Brown Jacqueline Williams
Alderman Boner Phillip Edward Van Lear
  • When Problems Arise: Kevin, Keisha, Reg, Jake, Maisha, Papa, Douda (Mr. Perry), Detective Toussaint
  • Can’t Always Be There When You Want: Jada, Darnell, Emmett, Jerrika, Brandon, Tiffany, Ms. Brown, Alderman Boner
  • Restitution: Ronnie, Ethel, Jada, Tracy, Shanté
Season 2, Episode 5 “Feeling The Heat”It’s an episode of redemption, sweetness, and perhaps a rare reprieve in The Chi. Well, before it likely goes to hell.
Director(s) Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s) Ayanna Floyd Davis, Joe Wilson
Air Date 5/5/2019
  • Clipping At The Knees: Detective Toussaint, Detective Cruz, Reg, Douda
  • Restitution: Rafiq, Jada, Emmett, Ronnie
  • Come Together, Over Me: Brandon, Kevin, Emmett, Douda, Reg, Keisha, Nina
Season 1/ Episode 1 “Pilot”The Chi seems like the evolved form of the urban dramas which dominate Black late 80s through early 00s nostalgia.
Network
Showtime
Creator Lena Waithe
Director(s) Rick Famuyiwa
Writer(s) Lena Waithe
Noted Cast
Brandon Jason Mitchell
Jerrika Tiffany Boone
Coogie Jahking Guillory
Laverne Sonja Sohn
Ronnie Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine
Tracy Tai’isha Davis
Kevin Alex R. Hibbert
Jake Michael Epps
Papa Shamon Brown Jr.
Andrea Mariah Gordon
Emmett Jacob Latimore
Keisha Birgundi Baker
Mr. Gasca José Antonio García
Jada Yolonda Ross
Sarah Kristina Emerson
Season 1/ Episode 2 “Alee”The Chi still treats its female characters dirty, but as it delves deeper into Chicago post-Jason and Coogie’s death, there is hope for others.
Director(s) David Rodriguez
Writer(s) Elwood Reid and Lena Waithe
Release Date  1/6/2018
Catch Up or Follow Along [External]
Characters Introduced
Ethel LaDonna Tittle
Quentin Steven Williams
Sonny Cedric Young
Miss Tiny Erica Watson
Alderman Martinez Sammy A. Publes
Maisha Genesis Denise Hale
Nina Tyla Abercrumbie
Detective Wallace Brian King
Detective Cruz Armando Riesco
Meldrick Byron Bowers
Tiffany Hannah Hall
  • Somebody Got To Look Out For Those Struggling: Emmett, Jada, Quentin
  • And It Was All Going So Well: Ronnie, Tracy, Kevin, Maisha, Jada
  • You Killed The Wrong Kid And Will Suffer The Consequences: Ronnie, Brandon, Laverne, Jerrika, Detective Cruz
Season 1/ Episode 3 “Ghosts”As Ronnie’s life continues to get complicated, the women of The Chi finally begin to be developed – somewhat.
Director(s) David Rodriguez
Writer(s) Adam Glass and Ayanna Floyd Davis
Air Date 1/21/2018
Characters Introduced
Trice Tosin Morohunfola
Reg Barton Fitzpatrick
Amir Behzad Dabu
Habib Amro Salama
  • Episode Focus: You Need To Get Your S*** Together | Laverne, Brandon, Jerrika, Ronnie, Detective Cruz, Kevin
  • Subplot 1: Money Is a Major Issue | Emmett
  • Subplot 2: When Money Isn’t an Issue At All | Quentin, Jerrika, Trice
Season 1/ Episode 4 “Quaking Grass”Violence begets violence, and there can never be peace as long as revenge links together like chains. In other words, things only get worse for damn near everyone.
Director(s) Tanya Hamilton
Writer(s) Elwood Reid, Justin Hillian, Mike Flynn
Air Date 1/28/2018
Characters Introduced
Greavy David Alan Anderson
  • Episode Focus: I Got Shot | Ethel, Jada, Ronnie, Brandon, Kevin, Jake, Reg, Jerrika, Detective Cruz
  • Subplot 1: Poking The Bear | Quentin, Trice, Detective Wallace
Season 1/ Episode 5 “Today Was A Good Day”While the title of the episode maybe, “Today Was a Good Day” that doesn’t necessarily apply to most of the characters on the show.
Director(s) Darren Grant
Writer(s) Marcus Gardley
Air Date 2/11/2018
Characters Introduced
Hannibal Chris De’Sean Lee
Tep Ronald L. Conner
JB Curtis Toler
Kasim Bassam Abdelfattah
Demetrius Gregory Fenner
  • You Got To Put In That Work To Get Paid: Jake, Emmett, Amir, Reg
  • Trying To Bring Back Some Peace: Q, Sonny, Brandon, Hannibal, Kevin, Maisha
  • Ain’t No Party Without Some Drama: Jerrika, Brandon, Q, Reg, Ronnie, Tracy
Season 1/ Episode 6 “Penetrate a Fraud”As Brandon and Sarah grow closer, a major piece of evidence comes into Detective Cruz’s hand. Though considering the moves Quentin is making, Jason may not remain his focus for long.
Director(s) Roxann Dawson
Writer(s) Casallina Kisayke
Air Date 2/18/2018
Characters Introduced
Shante Aeriel Williams
Becky Melissa Carlson
  • Redemption Moves: Emmett, Amir, Ronnie, Detective Cruz
  • O.G. Movements: Quentin, Trice, Reg, Tep, JB
  • Jerrika Who?: Brandon, Sarah, Laverne, Greavy
Season 1/ Episode 7 “The Whistle”People pay for their deeds, good or otherwise, and while some are as sweet as a kiss, others are as brutal as a bullet.
Director(s) David Rodriguez
Writer(s) Lena Waithe, Dime Davis
Air Date 2/25/18
Newly Noted
Luis Steve Casillas
Det. Ed O’Malley Guy Massey
  • You Just A Pawn In A Game: Kevin, Andrea, Maisha
  • Doing The Right Thing Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Be Punished (Part 1): Brandon, Luis, Sarah, Detective Cruz, Jerrika
  • Doing The Right Thing Doesn’t Mean You Won’t Be Punished (Part 2): Quentin, Sonny, Emmett, Trice, Reg, Jada
Season 1/ Episode 8 “Wallet”As Brandon figures out how to start his next chapter, Quentin treks backwards to prove a point to Trice and Reg of who not to f*** with.
Director(s) Tanya Hamilton
Writer(s) Adam Glass, Marcus Gardley
Air Date 3/4/2018
Characters Introduced
Chauncey Brad Walker
Mr. Wu Wai Yim
  • I Just Wanna See My Son: Emmett, Tiffany
  • I’m Just Trying To Have Something of My Own: Jerrika, Hannibal, Brandon
  • You Better Watch Out For Your Friends and Family: Kevin, Jake, Papa, Quentin, Reg, Ronnie, Meldrick
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Namaste Muthaf*ka”What goes around comes around isn’t just about karma in this episode, but also what happens in darkness will eventually be exposed by the sun. Whether you walk into the light or not.
Director(s) Zenta Fuentes
Writer(s) Adam Glass, Sylvia L. Jones
Air Date 3/11/2018
Characters Introduced
Dek Ivan Ellis
  • Stepping Up: Emmett, Jada, Ronnie, Ethel, Detective Cruz, Detective Wallace
  • Trying to be Big Homey/ We Need To Talk: Reg, Kevin, Papa, Jake, Quentin, Detective Wallace, Laverne, Tracy
  • What Was In The Dark Comes to Light, And It Isn’t Always Something Evil and Disgusting – Just Uncomfortable: Jerrika, Brandon, Luis, Sarah, Ronnie
Season 1/ Episode 10 “Ease On Down The Road”The Chi ends in a polar opposite way to how it began. There is peace, little to no drama, and rather than focusing on endings, it is all about new beginnings. Though not necessarily of the positive kind.
Director(s) Justin Tipping
Writer(s) Elwood Reid
Air Date 3/18/18
  • Curtain Call: Trice, Jason, Detective Wallace, Quentin, Reg, Jake, Kevin, Papa, Andrea, Maisha
  • The Job Of a Father: Emmett, Tiffany, Jada
  • Closure: Ronnie, Brandon, Jerrika, Reg, Laverne, Detective Cruz
Season 2, Episode 2 "Every day I'm Hustlin'"As the investigation into Miss Ethel’s attack begins, it appears Ronnie may get out, and Brandon may have more issues than Reggie.
Director(s) Darren Grant
Writer(s) Joe Wilson
Air Date 4/14/2019
Introduced This Episode
Darnell Rolando Boyce
Detective Alice Toussaint Crystal Dickinson
Douda Curtiss Cook
Kimberly “Escape Artist” Hendricks Kimberly Hebert Gregory
  • You’re Now Accountable: Reggie, Douda, Kevin, Jake, Nina, Karen, Detective Cruz, Ronnie
  • Things Can’t Be As They Appear: Brandon, Jerrika, Amir, Tiffany, Emmett, Darnell, Jada
  • The New Cop To The Southside: Detective Toussaint, Detective Cruz, Reggie, Brandon, Miss Ethel, Ronnie, Kimberly, Kevin
Season 2, Episode 1 “Eruptions”How Ronnie end up in the position he’s in is uncovered alongside everyone’s struggle to either grow up, find stability, or just not succumb to the bad side of Chicago.
Director(s) Jet Wilkinson
Writer(s) Ayanna Floyd Davis, Lena Waithe
Air Date 4/7/2019
  • Growing Up In Chicago: Kevin, Papa, Jake, Maisha, Emmett, Tiffany, Jada, Keisha
  • Trying To Find Stability: Brandon, Jerrika, Ronnie
  • Surviving Chicago: Miss Ethel
Season 2, Episode 3 “Past Due”Kevin and Brandon FINALLY reconnect as Ronnie is hoping he can get out thanks to Detective Cruz rushing to close Coogie’s case.
Director(s) Justin Tipping
Writer(s) J. David Shanks
Air Date 4/21/2019
Introduced This Episode
Gladys Renee Lockett
  • Daddy Issues: Ronnie, Tracy, Emmett, Sonny, Tiff
  • What Are Friends For?: Brandon, Hannibal, Kevin, Maisha
  • Technicalities: Kimberly, Detective Cruz, Ronnie, Detective Toussaint, Gladys, Kevin, Miss Ethel

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